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[dil] /dɪl/
a plant, Anethum graveolens, of the parsley family, having aromatic seeds and finely divided leaves, both of which are used for flavoring food.
Origin of dill
before 900; Middle English di(l)le, Old English dile; akin to German Dill, Swedish dill
Related forms
dilled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dill
  • We eat it by the forkful, traditionally with sides of dill pickles, coffee and donuts.
  • Season with salt as needed, and serve in bowls garnished with minced dill and a dollop of sour cream.
  • She cried throughout, and had to be dosed with dill water.
  • The peppers, eggplants, and dill are fruiting and flowering adamantly.
  • Rub a little olive oil in a roasting pan, place sole fillets and a little fresh dill on the oil.
  • Appetizers include onion and mushroom soup as well as crab cakes with dill tartar sauce.
  • dill was in hearty agreement with this plan of action.
  • dill seeds were traditionally used to soothe the stomach after meals.
British Dictionary definitions for dill


an umbelliferous aromatic Eurasian plant, Anethum graveolens, with finely dissected leaves and umbrella-shaped clusters of yellow flowers
the leaves or seedlike fruits of this plant, used for flavouring in pickles, soups, etc, and in medicine
Derived Forms
dilly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dile; related to Old High German tilli


(informal, mainly Austral & NZ) a fool; idiot
Word Origin
C20: from dilly2
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Word Origin and History for dill

Old English dile "dill, anise," a West Germanic word of unknown origin (cf. Old Saxon dilli, Middle Dutch and Dutch dille, Swedish dill, German Dill).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dill



A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; beaut, lulu: The last one is a dilly if you don't have an appointment (1935+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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